Friday, January 31, 2020

Broken Hoops - FF - Jan 2020


Hey y'all and welcome to the first edition of Funny Friday in 2020! and can you believe it is almost February?? shhh not so loud, right?

Funny Friday is all about the picture! One picture, five captions and multiple writers/bloggers giving us their take. It truly is a lot of fun and if you are a blogger/writer and would like to participate, contact Karen over at Baking in a Tornado, through her blog (her email is there) or message her through BIAT Facebook page. It's a lot of fun!

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado.

1. Boy walks into the house, "HEY MOM, remember you said you wanted the goal taken down...well, I took care of it for you."

2. Mom, "oh that's great, wait a dad gum minute! Weren't you just driving MY car??"

3. Dad come home "hey look someone took down the goal for me, oh crap, what happened to my wife's car??"

4. Neighbor looking out the window, "well I see her boys are at it again"

5. Youngest son to oldest over text "her head about popped off!"


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Baking In A Tornado             https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Spatulas on Parade                https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm            https://www.southernbellecharm.com
Follow Me Home        https://followmehome.shellybean.com
Medicated Musings            https://mymedicatedmusings.blogspot.com

New to Me #photoblogchal

Hi De Ho neighbors! Welcome to the first photo blog challenge of 2020. I joined PJ and others late last year in a monthly photo challenge. On the first day of the month, PJ, post the theme for the month and then on the last day of the month we all post and then link to his page. Of course January is the first month of the year and this is the first challenge of the year, our theme is New. Appropriate don't ya think.

If you're new to my site or just haven't seen the #photoblogchal let me tell you a little about it. Like I mentioned above, PJ gives us a theme on the first, we all post on the last day. There are a few other suggestions, make friends with your camera. No camera? No problem. Use your phone, tablet or whatever device you take pictures with. No old photos, nothing recycled from past post. Post them to your blog and share the challenge on your social media. Use the hashtag when doing so. That's about it. You can find all the details on THIS PAGE over at A 'lil HooHaa which is PJ's blog. 

The above photo is Lily. No, she is not new, she is our 12 year old Siamese mix but she is laying on her Daddy's "new" pillow. LOL He was in the bathroom and I rolled over to see this, see above. She looked so comfy I didn't have the heart to make her move. So I did what any shutterbug would do. I took her picture.
The above is my "new" jar water cup. I had been using my favorite WW one but tripped over a kitty, who will remain unnamed...Lily, and broke it. I found this beauty on clearance. However I did not consider the girth when it is filled with 32 oz of water. The jar is glass. So you can imagine. Now I get exercise points every time I lift for a drink. LOL

Below is one of my Christmas gifts. A small decorative bowl. I love the detail. I really zoomed in on this one. The  bowl has a diameter of 4.5 inches and 4 inches in height.

My new hobby, or a revived old one. I decided to unplug from social media more often and needed to find something constructive to do. Of course I'm always taking photos and I'm an avid reader but really wanted to do something different. There are some great folks at church who knit/crochet hats for cancer patients. So I thought I'd join them. They meet twice a month, now to practice so my hats are worthy of the cause.






And last but certainly not least, my "new" candle...not  sure what to call it. Oh well, I bought it off the FB marketplace for $2. It is iron and folds up, you could place it in front of the fireplace but I like it up on the mantel.
And there are my 5 for January!! Thanks for stopping by.
Dawn ~ 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Roasted Root Veggies

Oh my, not sure how it happened, but I made these delicious roasted root veggies over a month ago and somehow missed posting them.

I'm a big fan of cooked carrots and found a new love, parsnips. Combined they are truly a delicious low calorie side dish that can be made with little to no effort.

As you can see from the photos, I had the roasted root veggies with more than one meal. They were just so good, and I had more in the fridge, so I made them two or three nights in a row.
Extremely simple. I used 2-3 depending on the size, parsnips and carrots, peeled and cut into thick strips. Then placed them in a baking dish with seasonings, a dash of water and a teeny tiny drizzle of oil.
Tossed them around and let them roast for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. That's it.
A fabulous side dish for just about any meal.
Dawn~

Monday, January 27, 2020

A Cocktail If You Will - 20 Days of Chill

Have you ever had the "Mondayest Monday"? Well, I have. A Monday where if it could go wrong, it did go wrong and not just a little but a whole stinking bunch. So bad that you wished you had stayed in bed. So bad that your friends said "oh man that's the worst I've heard" and strangers said "oh honey I'm so sorry" and you just knew that if ONE more thing happened you'd lose your $h!t. AND then it happened and you lost it! Looked like a crazy woman sitting in your car, hair flying, arms flailing, words and tears going at break neck speed...and then you take a breath. Head home and straight for the liquid cabinet, wet bar, fridge, wherever you hide the stuff.
Well, I did, I had one of those days and it was so bad AND so long ago I forgot. I was cleaning out an old folder of photos and found this. ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓

Then I said to myself "Self, you have failed, you forgot to share with your readers this delicious drink that turned a bad day into a good evening."
So "a cocktail if you will...to go with the theme of 20 Days of Chill.

As you see it was nothing fancy, stuff I had in the house and threw into a glass with a few ice cubes.
4 oz sparkling berry water
2-4 oz banana rum (whose counting?!)
2 oz strawberry daiquiri mix
A few ice cubes, stir and enjoy!
But be careful, because it is so delicious you might chug it and need another, which if my memory serves me correctly is exactly what I did, more than once.


↓↓↓ 20 Days of Chill challenge over at A 'lil Hoo Haa with PJ
The challenge list: (The ones in bold are links to the post I participated in.)
  • Thursday, January 2: A new decade
  • Friday, January 3: Beautiful places
  • Monday, January 6: Is that chicken?
  • Tuesday, January 7: Show me the way
  • Wednesday, January 8: Naps
  • Thursday, January 9:  Snow
  • Friday, January 10: Fri-Yay
  • Monday, January 13: Social media
  • Tuesday, January 14: Cheddar
  • Wednesday, January 15: Dream on
  • Thursday, January 16: Popcorn
  • Friday, January 17: Snapshot
  • Monday, January 20: Last meal
  • Tuesday, January 21: Battle of the phones 
  • Wednesday, January 22: Sign it in ink
  • Thursday, January 23: Spam
  • Friday, January 24: May I take your order?
  • Monday, January 27: A cocktail, if you will
  • Tuesday, January 28: Bring me to you
  • Wednesday, January 29: Oh, thank goodness! 
PJ also runs the Monthly photo challenge, info HERE that I've been participating in. You can view details for both on his blog, I've added the links above.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Crazy weather - Mosaic Monday 2020 week 4

Happy Mosaic Monday everyone. Wow, we have had the craziest weather so far this month. Rain, rain and more rain then it decided to turn off COLD! And for GA, trust me, it's been cold. We woke up one day this past week to 17* temps, my birdbath froze and the  bottom busted out, the fountain on the deck froze solid and busted out the side when just two days before it was 70* and I noticed several beautiful bright green spot of moss in the back yard.

I should have known the weather was turning when the squirrels were digging up the yard, even though they had plenty of feed I had put out. Yes, I feed the  squirrels, birds, deer, whatever wanders through can eat.

Good thing just days before the cold snap hit my hand held frother arrived! I've seen them all over IG and decided why not. Ya only live once, why not have something fun. Okay, I do that often but we won't tell. Here is my first ever frothed cup of coffee and I made it myself. WOO HOO I really enjoyed it too.
I also bought an oil mister. I pretty much have cut out using oil altogether but every now and again I need it, pouring a tablespoon in the pan, well, it just adsorbs into the food too quickly. So the mister is great. It puts out a fine mist and barely uses any oil, I put avocado oil in it, I hear it's healthier. I used it last week when I made buffalo chicken meatballs in the pan. Worked great. A great investment at less than $8 on Amazon.

How are y'all fairing up North? I have friends in the UP Michigan and they are pretty much eye ball deep and then some in snow. NO thank you. I'm so glad it is not here because I truly am a flip flop wearing bare footed lady all day every day.

See y'all over at Angie's for Mosaic Monday!
Dawn~

Friday, January 24, 2020

Hearty Beef Noodle Soup - FOTW Jan 2020

I went shopping with JT girlfriend and her kids. Now that is an experience and a half. While in Home Goods, P (she's 8) is picking up everything pink, silver or shiny (and that is a ton of stuff) and saying "OMG I love it! I need this for my room". I spy two lamps, pink of course, Unicorn bust with glittery manes, shoot man I'm digging these things. I point her in the direction of the lamps and she has this long slow intake of breath. Holds her face and runs in the direction of the lamps. I take off after her, good land we can't be running in stores!  She caress one and says "MOM! I NEED these!" she says "P you already have a pink unicorn lamp in your room." 
"UGH NO it is a pink lamp with a unicorn on the shade, that is small, I want to redo my room."
Not having girls, all this is foreign to me and funny.


Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. You'll find the links at the bottom for the other bloggers.
On the same shopping trip. P points to an artistic picture of Georgia, you've seen them but probably for your state. Complete with peanut, peach, GA Dawgs, etc..on the map/picture. P says "I need this too!" I said, "for what?" She replies so fast, "For science! I love science." I'm thinking, umm how about geography because that's really not science. So I ask her a few questions. For an eight year old she is very bright and loves to learn, science to her means learning and anything new, learning, especially about the world, animals, states, countries, anything really, she is in love with.

A few days after Christmas I was video chatting with our youngest, yes twice in one month, hallelujah! Anyway...we are chatting and Hayley pops up, "HEY GRAMMA! Can I see your cats?"
Joey is like, umm Hayley I'm talking with grandma. she looks at him and says "OKAY I still want to see her cats, talk" I was laughing! She's adorable. So I found each kitty and let her see them. With each one, she said their names and awww look! Melts my heart.
Hearty Beef Noodle Soup
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2 bag of wide egg noodles (8 oz dry weight)
1 large carrot cut into thin slices
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 can golden mushroom condensed soup
4 cans of water
2 tsp hamburger seasoning
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP parsley flakes
Everything except the noodles goes into the slow cooker, just before you're ready to eat, toss in the noodles or you can cook them and add about 10 minutes or so before eating. The soup was hearty and delicious. Perfect for a cold rainy night.
Jesse called to tell me about a text from his brother. It was a picture of Hayley's hands. She had put paint all over the top of her hands and her fingers. When asked why she said "I'm like Uncle Jesse!" FYI Jesse has finger and knuckle tattoos, along with several dozen others.
I laughed and said well let me tell" you about the SnapChat I received. Hayley kept saying no not that one and it would switch to another and then it was a Santa hat and beard. she said LOOK I'm Uncle Jesse!"
Not far from us, just a few miles, there is a large property for sale. The house sits back off the road and has one of those wonderful country Southern wrap around porches, complete with horses and a large split rail fence. But what really catches your eye as you drive by....
is the mail box. They must order some REALLY big items from Amazon !
Have you heard of Misfits Market? No, this is not an advertisement, I'm not being paid. We did however sign up for the subscription. Misfits Market is a subscription you receive a box of fresh fruits and vegetables each week, 2,3,4 weeks, however often you pick. Different size boxes depending on the size of your family or budget. I wanted to shake things up a bit by adding more fresh veggies and different ones. We were stuck in a rut. So I signed up. Our first box arrived and I was thrilled. They are called Misfits because the veggies are not "pretty" enough to be sold in supermarkets, they are odd shaped, skinned up, not as lovely and perfect as you'd find at Publix or Harris Teeter but who cares? Not me. As Daddy always said "it eats the same". We chose every two weeks and the small box. This is what we received.
3 Apples, 3 oranges, 2 HUGE green bell peppers, celery, eggplant, cabbage, 1/2 lb green beans, new potatoes, 2 mangoes, 2 baby bok choy , a large bunch of red beets and a large butternut squash.
IF you are interested, here's a code for a discount. COOKWME-YI4CGO
25% off your first order
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit all the other participating bloggers!
Dawn~

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Menopausal Mother                   http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Spatulas on Parade                    https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com 

Medicated Musings                   https://mymedicatedmusings.blogspot.com         

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Spam - 20 Days of Chill 2020

Hello out there, are you frozen? Have you gone stir crazy from being couped up inside yet? Dug yourself out of the snow, that's for all y'all people up North. It was 17* with the windchill yesterday morning, Jan. 21st. I said, nope, not going anywhere. We went from the 60's straight to WAY below freezing. Forecast is for 3 more days of COLD. That's right, more chilly days! It is January and we are freezing our patooties off here in GA! I am NOT made for this weather but thankfully next week it will be back in the high 50's and low 60's. Hallelujah!

My thoughts on this cold...send me somewhere warmer until my toes thaw out!
Because my birdbath froze and busted! AND my water fountain on the deck, that I dearly love as do the birds and squirrels, froze solid!! SOLID I tell you

Okay, sorry, I got side tracked by the frigid air and frozen water, but this post is about Spam. Yes, spam...it is the theme for today in the 20 Days of Chill. I'm joining PJ and hopefully others.
↓↓↓ 20 Days of Chill challenge over at A 'lil Hoo Haa with PJ
The challenge list:
  • Thursday, January 2: A new decade
  • Friday, January 3: Beautiful places
  • Monday, January 6: Is that chicken?
  • Tuesday, January 7: Show me the way
  • Wednesday, January 8: Naps
  • Thursday, January 9:  Snow
  • Friday, January 10: Fri-Yay
  • Monday, January 13: Social media
  • Tuesday, January 14: Cheddar
  • Wednesday, January 15: Dream on
  • Thursday, January 16: Popcorn
  • Friday, January 17: Snapshot
  • Monday, January 20: Last meal
  • Tuesday, January 21: Battle of the phones 
  • Wednesday, January 22: Sign it in ink
  • Thursday, January 23: Spam
  • Friday, January 24: May I take your order?
  • Monday, January 27: A cocktail, if you will
  • Tuesday, January 28: Bring me to you
  • Wednesday, January 29: Oh, thank goodness! 
PJ also runs the Monthly photo challenge, info HERE that I've been participating in. You can view details for both on his blog, I've added the links above.


Spam as in, the other white meat, from a can. My husband loves it and will fry it up to eat on loaf bread or with his eggs. I'm not a fan of Spam but have been known to eat a tid bit now and again. I've even made a recipe with it. Dice it up, fry it with onions, peppers and pineapple tid bits, serve over rice with a sweet and sour sauce. It is surprisingly good.
There are different flavors now, or added flavors. Bacon, turkey, jalapeno, less sodium, light or less fat, hickory smoke and on and on. You can see them all HERE.
In Hawaii and in Asian countries they love Spam and use it often. I don't buy it as often as my husband would like because it's loaded with sodium, they do have lower sodium now but still. Yikes it's high.

Last April I teamed up with my friend Karen over at Baking In A Tornado and we wrote about Spam, as in email.

There's also spam blockers, as in security for your computer. Spam gets a bad rap, the canned meat, not the emails. Did you know that they have been selling those cans for over 70 years? It became wildly popular during WWII due to the rationing of meats, as well as other goods. It is now sold in 41 countries around the world. WHO would have thought, that this pork product would become so popular and global?
So there ya go. I gave you popcorn history a few days ago and now Spam. LOL

What was your first thought when you saw the topic of Spam? The canned meat, spam emails, spam calls? Let me know.
Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn~

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sign It In Ink - 20 Days of Chill

Today I'm joining PJ, Tamara and not sure who else for 20 Days of Chill. Our topic is "sign it in ink".
I gave consideration to writing about tattoos and their meaning. Yes I have a few but decided on a signature instead.
Now, if I had my Daddy's signature, which I might somewhere, I would get that as a tattoo. I'd rather find an "I love you" in his handwriting but that's not happening. He rarely wrote and if he gave me or my mother a card he signed it "Jeff" and that's it.
Back to the signature.
A signature is a bond or a pledge that means simply you give your word. A signature took over a handshake. When a man gave his handshake, it meant something. His word, his bond, his pledge, his honor was at stake if he didn't do what he shook on. So then became the meaning of the signature. If you signed on the dotted line, you were responsible, and people expected you to do or pay whatever it was you agreed to with your signature.
In today's world, kids don't know how to "sign", they can barely write in cursive and most can not read it at all.
I've seen the meme about making cars stick shifts and all things cursive, we'd cripple a whole generation, sad but I have to agree.
I remember as a teen, spending hours on my signature. How did I want it to look, fancy, plain, bold, expressive. Yes, girls we do silly things. Boys, they could have cared less. But if I wrote my name somewhere I wanted it to stand out, not look like everyone else.

That little squiggle under my name, no idea when I started it, but for as long as I can remember. Maybe around 13 or so, I started doing it. It is part of me, my signature, my individuality and I have to remind myself to NOT do it on documents.
Have you seen the signature or hand writing analyzes? Yeah, it's hard to do on mine, depending on my mood, my writing can vary greatly. My signature will even change. Add to that, that we type now and don't write, if I am writing, my hand tires and that will definitely change the look of the lettering, spacing and style.
Sign it in ink...I'm still fond of the idea of a tattoo (ink) and my Daddy's signature. Maybe under my collarbone above my heart and in red because it was his favorite color.
Okay I'm getting off topic, or my chosen topic or maybe not. Can they both be my topic? Well of course they can it's my blog. LOL
Signature. Do you like your hand writing? Does it favor your mom, dad or maybe an aunt? Was it influenced by teachers strict rules or your own style?
Tell me about it?

↓↓↓ 20 Days of Chill challenge over at A 'lil Hoo Haa with PJ
The challenge list:
  • Thursday, January 2: A new decade
  • Friday, January 3: Beautiful places
  • Monday, January 6: Is that chicken?
  • Tuesday, January 7: Show me the way
  • Wednesday, January 8: Naps
  • Thursday, January 9:  Snow
  • Friday, January 10: Fri-Yay
  • Monday, January 13: Social media
  • Tuesday, January 14: Cheddar
  • Wednesday, January 15: Dream on
  • Thursday, January 16: Popcorn
  • Friday, January 17: Snapshot
  • Monday, January 20: Last meal
  • Tuesday, January 21: Battle of the phones 
  • Wednesday, January 22: Sign it in ink
  • Thursday, January 23: Spam
  • Friday, January 24: May I take your order?
  • Monday, January 27: A cocktail, if you will
  • Tuesday, January 28: Bring me to you
  • Wednesday, January 29: Oh, thank goodness! 
PJ also runs the Monthly photo challenge, info HERE that I've been participating in. You can view details for both on his blog, I've added the links above.

Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn~

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Twofer - WC and 20DOC

Today is a twofer. Meaning you get two post in one. LOL we call it a twofer, two for one deal. Maybe the up and down of our weather has gotten to me and I'm totally losing it. I don't know but here we go.

Word Counters (19 today) and 20 Days of Chill rolled into one.

I'm combining the two. The writing challenge or Word Counters from Karen.*(If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, contact Karen) This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words.
Your number is: 19
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what numbers they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Baking In A Tornado                       https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Spatulas on Parade                    https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Messymimi’s Meanderings           http://messymimismeanderings.blogspot.com
On the Border                           https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
Medicated Musings               http://mymedicatedmusings.blogspot.com


Today's post is also a writing challenge from 20 Days of Chill that PJ host over at A ' lil HooHaa. You read all about it HERE.
For the 20 Days of Chill, the theme today is "Battle of the phones". So I will use my word count of 19 to debate or discuss the chill theme. Ready? Confused? Yeah me too.

If you are a blogger or photographer or both...contact PJ for our end of month photo challenge and Karen if you are interested in joining our monthly writing challenges.


1. At first I thought "battle of the phones" as in which is better? Android or iOS? I choose Apple.

2. Cell or mobile phones have come a long way. Remember the large battery pack for the car? Yep, old.

3. I first had a pager, a prepaid phone from Radio Shack and then I graduated to a flip phone.

4. From the flip phone I graduated to my first smart phone. That I could not answer without a teenager.

5. That first phone took pictures! I was in heaven but the phone was garbage. It was replaced three times.

6. Then, after hearing debates on Google, Android and the new OMG phone, Apple. I arrived becoming an Apple owner.

7. My first iPhone was a 4S when the 5S was coming out. I was behind but I didn't care.

8. Switching from Android to the iOS was tricky. What was Safari? Who was Siri and why was it talking?

9. Soon becoming a big fan, Mr. Jobs knew this too and kept releasing  newer, better and more advanced versions.

10. Friends were split, Android, iOS, then Google threw their hat into the ring with a Windows phone. Which bombed.

(oops sorry but it literally blew up!)

11. With each upgrade I've given thought to switching, due to the rising cost of Apple phones. But I can't.

12. I would miss Siri, iTunes, the memoji, don't judge me! AND I don't want to learn a new system.

13. Of course it seems the minute I upgrade, a newer version is soon on the scene. Tempting and teasing.

14. As a photography nut, the newest iPhone 11 MaxPro has been calling my name. Can you hear it too?

15. I want it, need it. I must have it. BUT I'm waiting, there are always bugs to work out.

16. Battle of the Phones...yes, there will always be a battle. Just like Ford or Chevy. Camaro or Mustang.

17. With that last one, the internet could shut down. Die hard car lovers will agree, to disagree. Right fellas?

18. Phones, we use them for everything. Banking, email, documents, photography, text, social media but rarely for calls these days.

19. I am a big fan of the smart phone, love mine and would struggle without one. But...miss visits.

So there ya have it. The battle of the phones, they are great but also have taken away so much. We no longer need to go pay a bill in person, we don't have to write a letter, we don't have to visit to see each other and talk. As nice as they are, they have taken so much from us. The social, personal interaction. What is it doing to the next generation? We they ever leave home? Will they ever visit and have real personal relationships? Time will tell but some folks say the internet was built to destroy the world, maybe it was really the smart phone that was designed to destroy us. Food for thought?

Thanks for stopping by!!
Dawn~